Unity: The Nature of God

If you knew your time on earth was almost over, what would you say to your loved ones? If you could offer God one final prayer, what would you pray for?

Jesus went from counting down years to days, and then from days to hours. He sat with his disciple at the dinner table with his mind troubled by what’s about to come. He knew the episode of his crucifixion was soon to begin, so he cherished their last meal together. In a way, he shared with them the thoughts of a dying man.

On that evening he talked about many things, emphasizing the importance of belief and love. When he prayed, he revealed something else on his heart: unity. He wished that his disciples, as well as all believers, would reach the unity that the Holy Trinity epitomizes. These are his words:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”
John 17:20

We often overlook the unity in God himself. Each member of the Trinity has their own mind, will and power. They each can do whatever they want whenever they want, yet they work together harmoniously. They could create their own personal universes if they choose to, but all throughout the bible we see a dynamic display of symbiosis.

Before the creation of the world they were neither superior or inferior to one another. Even though their innate equality still exists, they present themselves in hierarchical form to exemplify virtues like submissiveness, selflessness, trustworthiness and more.

Being made in his image, humans and God are a lot alike. We are individual beings unique from one another. We have the freedom to do what we want. We come and go as we please, we think on our own and we go after what we desire. We’re all on this tiny planet together and yet we couldn’t be more divided.

As Christians, we could learn a thing or two about unity from God. What would it be like if we put our agendas aside to support someone else’s dreams? What would happen if churches stopped competing against one another? Would there be fewer divorces if we were selfless enough to love unconditionally? How much would the kingdom of God expand if we were the peacemakers we are called to be?

Despite our differences, we can still be like God. We can be unified. We can allow our differences to tear us apart, or we can use them compliment one another. We can fight for our own ambitions, or we can make plans together. Love is making yourself smaller so that someone else is made bigger. That’s what Christ did for the Father and for us.

 

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